After the 2-0 win over Israel at home, Croatia national football team travel to neighbours Hungary for their second friendly match inside three days.
The Vatreni have won four matches in a row and when their head coach Ante Cacic will be satisfied with the performances of several of his key players. Unlike Israel, the Magyars could provide a tough test for Croatia, who are looking for their fifth straight win.
Bernd Storck helped Hungary to qualify for their first Euros since 1972 and this will be their first major tournament since the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Under the nomadic German, the Magical Magyars have transformed into a strong group capable of upsetting the odds.
- Hungary have lost only once in their last 9 matches, with 5 wins and 3 draws.
- They have won their last 2 games and both coming against Norway in the Euro 2016 qualifying play-offs.
- The Magyars have scored at least a goal in their last 5 matches and are unbeaten at home in last five.
- Croatia have won all of their last four matches and kept a clean sheet in three of them.
- They tasted defeated only once in their last 10 matches, against Norway in September 2015.
Hungary: Team News
Bernd Storck is likely to stick with the majority of the players who helped to secure the Euro finals spot and he will be keen to use this opportunity to test formations and tactics.
We could expect more surprises like what happened when Laszlo Kleinheisler was called for the playoffs against Norway, which proved to be a hit when the striker scored the only goal in first leg, despite making a single appearance for this club.
The 21-year old MTK Budapest full-back Barnabas Bese is a new face in the squad, who could make his debut against Croatia.
Hungary: Expected Starting line-up (4-1-4-1 Formation)
Kiraly – Fiola, Guzmics, Land, Kadar – Gera – Dzsudzsák, Nagy, Kleinheiser, Nemeth, Elek – Priskin.
Croatia: Team News
Real Madrid’s Luka Modric played for 68 minutes against Israel and he could be replaced by Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic in the starting eleven.
Ivan Perisic transformed his red hot form at club to country after scoring in the 4th minutes against Israel and he is expected to keep his place.
Croatia: Expected Starting line-up (4-4-2 Formation)
Kalinic – Srna, Vida, Lovren, Badelj – Rakitic, Perisic, Schildenfeld, Brozovic – Kalinic, Mandzukic.
Hungary vs Croatia: Head-to-Head Stats
Croatia have never lost Hungary since the met for the first time in 1994. They won in three and drawn the other 3. This will be the first meeting between the sides since 2008.
Their record in Hungary is 2 draws and a win, both of the draws coming in their last two matches, which also means this is the third consecutive meeting between the sides in Hungarian soil.
Hungary vs Croatia: Prediction
Croatia definitely hold the upper hand going into this hand and their individual quality is high compared to their opponents. However, the Magyars can’t be seen as pushovers here and they are known to work hard and make things difficult for the oppositions.
There is also a high probability for both coaches to tinker with their formation and tactics and is very unlikely that the teams will be at the top of their game.
The match could end in a draw and a high chance of seeing over 2.5 goals, if one of the teams bag a first half-goal.